INTERVIEW | KAY MAF DISCUSSES HIS NEW EP ‘ONE OF A KIND’

Lon­don based rap­per Kay Maff dis­cusses his brand new EP ‘One Of A Kind’

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Tell us a bit about your roots grow­ing up and how it has influ­enced the music you make?

The music I cre­ate stems from my roots in Jamaica where music was all around. My par­ents throw­ing big parties, my mum play­ing music around me from when I was little and my dad being an artist him­self — it taught me that music brings people together.

When did you decide to move to Lon­don? And what are your thoughts on the industry in the UK?

Mov­ing to the UK in the early 2000’s, heav­ily influ­enced me by the up and com­ing UK grime scene — fas­cin­ated by the mix of Jamaic­an style- and UK music with raw emo­tions. I like where the UK scene is at right now.

How would you define your­self as an artist, what is your sig­na­ture sound?

Upbeat, ener­get­ic, melod­ic, always bring­ing some­thing raw and fresh — that’s my sig­na­ture sound. As an artist I am ded­ic­ated to break­ing bound­ar­ies — I am a line push­er 100%.

Tell us a bit about your new EP ‘One Of A Kind’ – What was the pro­cess behind cre­at­ing it?

Being in the stu­dio, exper­i­ment­ing with a range of sounds, tap­ping into the music and cre­at­ing a pro­gress­ive pro­ject speak­ing on life events. Remov­ing myself from bound­ar­ies and expect­a­tions allowed me to be free when writ­ing, record­ing and mas­ter­ing One Of a Kind.

What tracks are your per­son­al favour­ite off the EP and why?

Neurodi­verse is my per­son­al favour­ite — My son…. he allowed myself to express the dif­fer­ence in people’s minds. We are now in a time where it is ok to be who you are. Neurodi­verse is a cel­eb­ra­tion of that.

I strongly believe this song will encour­age oth­ers to tell their truth.

Are you work­ing on any music videos to accom­pany any of the tracks?

Yes — visu­als are cru­cial to me. When cre­at­ing music I draw inspir­a­tion from them, too. The video for ‘Vicious cycle’ was recor­ded in an old, aban­doned theatre which is rumoured to be haunted.

You will be work­ing with Lab­rinth, how did that come about?

I admire Lab­rinth, not only as an artist and pro­du­cer but also as a per­son. We’ve worked togeth­er on a num­ber of pro­jects and going for­ward I can’t wait to con­tin­ue work­ing with him in the future.

Have you got any per­form­ances lined up that we can catch you at?

I haven’t! I’ve been locked in the stu­dio, pro­du­cing and cre­at­ing. Catch me on Twitch @kay1maf, I do live ses­sions from the studio.

What else are you work­ing on?

Right now I am work­ing on Part 2 of OOAK.

Where can we fol­low your music?

Spo­ti­fy, AppleMusic, Google Music, You­tube, Band­camp, Sound­cloud and Twitch — fol­low me on my socials @kaymaf for the latest updates.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.